Perhaps not even Mike Whan could have envisioned a dream season quite like this.
Stacy Lewis has won three times. That’s one more than Michelle Wie, but her haul includes the biggest major of them all. Needle-movers like Paula Creamer, Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson have celebrated in the winner’s circle. Inbee Park has followed up her historic 2013 season with another solid campaign.
This has been such a good year for the ladies, in fact, that the average world ranking of a winner this season has been 12.8.
Only three of the 16 winners this season have been ranked outside the top 25 in the Rolex Rankings at the time of their victory, and none higher than 40. And even that win was a bonus for the LPGA: It was emerging star Jessica Korda, just 21, who captured the first of her two titles during the season opener in Hawaii.
The depth and level of competition is higher on the PGA Tour, of course, but for the sake of comparison consider that only four players have won an event this season while ranked inside the top 10 in the world rankings – Zach Johnson (Tournament of Champions), Matt Kuchar (Heritage), Adam Scott (Colonial) and Justin Rose (Quicken Loans). The LPGA has seen eight wins by top-10 players.
Here’s the point: Right now, the LPGA might offer a more compelling product than its male counterparts.
Check out the list of the LPGA winners this season and their Rolex Ranking at the time of their victory:
Jessica Korda (40)
Karrie Webb (8)
Anna Nordqvist (27)
Paula Creamer (11)
Karrie Webb (6)
Anna Nordqvist (16)
Lexi Thompson (9)
Michelle Wie (23)
Lydia Ko (4)
Stacy Lewis (3)
Lizette Salas (16)
Jessica Korda (26)
Stacy Lewis (2)
Inbee Park (2)
Michelle Wie (11)
Stacy Lewis (1)
So, who will win this week’s Women’s British Open? Well, it’s a safe bet that it’ll be another big-name player.